Resume Guide

There is no one right way to write a resume, but there are key elements that help you communicate about your experiences and accomplishments.  You can use this basic resume template to get started on creating a master resume. Create your own copy of the basic resume template via Google Doc or click the “View Resource” button below to download a Word document.

How to Write a Resume: A Step-by-Step Guide
This article shows you the pros and cons of a chronological resume, functional resume, and hybrid resume, and walk you through the process of writing a resume.

JobScan Resume Builder 
Many mid to large companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) that use AI to filter out 70+% of the resumes they receive.  CSU is a partner with JobScan and you can build a resume to beat the ATSs.  If you’d like to active your JobScan account to scan your resume and tailor it to a specific job, contact us at

Federal Resume
If you are applying for a position in the Federal Government or intelligence agencies, you need to provide a lot more detailed information, such as citizenship status.  You may want to use the resume builder to get the first version of your federal resume started.  For these jobs, you have to check every box under their job description. Make sure to tailor your resume to each position, and use their words/language when creating your resume. Read about the central elements in the federal resume and the Department of Homeland Security’s tips for writing a federal resume.  University of South Carolina

Resume vs. CV
A resume is a clear and concise professional document written to provide a brief snapshot of your most relevant accomplishments, qualities, and interests. Expect to adapt each resume to the perspective of your anticipated reader and accompany it with a cover letter.

A curriculum vitae (CV) is an all-encompassing tool used to showcase academic, research, and professional accomplishments. This document may resemble a resume, but is more comprehensive and typically used when applying for positions within academic institutions or areas where field-specific knowledge and expertise is required.  The terms curriculum and vitae are derived from Latin and mean “courses of my life”.

Identify your audience and understand which document they are requesting.